Col­lege pres­i­dents mo­ti­vate grad­u­ates

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA -

ua­tions. I hope that you can have the courage and wis­dom to face and deal with them.”

Qiu Yong, pres­i­dent of Ts­inghua Uni­ver­sity, another pres­ti­gious uni­ver­sity, stressed the im­por­tance of in­de­pen­dent think­ing in his com­mence­ment speech on Sun­day.

“I hope that the big­gest suc­cess you achieved dur­ing the past four years at col­lege is that you have grad­u­ally formed your own think­ing,” he told 3,000 grad­u­ates.

“Be­ing able to think in­de­pen­dently can­not be fully achieved in your four years of col­lege life; it should be a goal for your life­time, and I hope that you read more and travel more to re­al­ize that goal,” Qiu said.

He also rec­om­mended grad­u­ates read

It was hard to face the re­al­ity and it took a long time for me to get over it. But when I fi­nally did, I got more than I ex­pected.” Lin Jian­hua, pres­i­dent of Pek­ing Uni­ver­sity

and a global perspective and ap­pre­ci­ate the charm of think­ing,” he said.

China Uni­ver­sity Me­dia Union, a joint or­ga­ni­za­tion for more than 60 Chi­nese universities, col­lected and an­a­lyzed 116 speeches de­liv­ered by uni­ver­sity pres­i­dents in China at com­mence­ments in 2017, and found that words such as in­no­va­tion, dream, re­spon­si­bil­ity and the Chi­nese na­tion were fre­quently men­tioned in uni­ver­sity lead­ers’ speeches.

Dou Xiankang, pres­i­dent of Wuhan Uni­ver­sity in Hubei prov­ince, en­cour­aged grad­u­ates to shoul­der the re­spon­si­bil­ity of achiev­ing the re­ju­ve­na­tion of the Chi­nese na­tion, and the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of boost­ing tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion and mak­ing a global im­pact.

Gong Ke, pres­i­dent of Nankai Uni­ver­sity in Tian­jin, said in his speech that the uni­ver­sity had a re­spon­si­bil­ity to the Chi­nese na­tion and urged the grad­u­ates to com­bine their own dreams with the dream of the na­tion.

Wang Cheng, pres­i­dent of Lanzhou Uni­ver­sity in Gansu prov­ince, said in his speech that he hoped the grad­u­ates could help re­al­ize the Chi­nese dream and stay open-minded.


Grad­u­ates of Pek­ing Uni­ver­sity take a selfie with Lin Jian­hua, pres­i­dent of the uni­ver­sity, af­ter their grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony in Bei­jing on Tues­day.

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